Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust (1991)

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions - struggle to maintain… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 27, 1991
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Daughters of the Dust addresses its weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.

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Craig Tomashoff
People Magazine

Dash has created a cinematic essay that immerses her audience in a world no other film has explored.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

An absorbing, spirited film that merits considerable respect.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

Its examination of a bygone way of life is so patient and evocative, so beholden to its own storytelling conventions and rhythms, that watching it is a bit like submitting to a form of time travel.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A poetic tribute to African culture, the oral tradition and the spirit of the Gullah people.

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Durga Chew-Bose
Globe and Mail

Daughters' impressionistic look at the Great Migration (who will go, who will stay, and at what cost?) combines a corporeal sense of history with poetic, often indirect and allegorical underpinnings.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore.

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Film4

The stately pace serves the film's central theme - a discourse on the inevitability of change - which is enriched by much visual poetry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A Top Ten Independent Film In My Book. Outstanding movie, a eye opener to some unkown history in the United States. Acting was incredable, Kino always has good… More
John Ballantine
A very unique film and a valuable addition to the canon of great films on slavery.